Sunday, October 20News For London

Palace beaten by Liverpool in stoppage time

Crystal Palace lost 1-2 to Liverpool at Selhurst Park. The Defeat meant the 12th consecutive league game without a win for The Eagles.

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Christian Benteke earned a late penalty which he converted himself to give Liverpool a 1-2 win over Crystal Palace     picture: Delval Loïc

Crystal Palace was hopeful of breaking a winless sequence against a team of who they had beaten on their three previous meetings. Two of those wins came at Anfield last year, and those results could have given Palace some confidence. They needed that as they hadn’t won in the league since 19 December 2015.

After a goalless first half things started to look bright for Palace in their game against Liverpool today, as Jo Ledley put the hosts in front with a shot on the edge of the penalty box. But they couldn’t maintain the lead, as Roberto Firmino levelled after 72 minutes. Both teams then seem to settle for a draw, only for Palace to concede a last minute penalty after Benteke was brought down by Damien Delaney. There was some discussion about the penalty, which was scored by Benteke.

After the game Palace manager Alan Pardew argued the penalty for Liverpool was a harsh decision. “It’s a knee on the back of the foot. It’s hardly a touch. He made a big meal of it in my opinion.” Benteke himself argued that he was touched, and that he wouldn’t go down otherwise. Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp agreed with his striker, as he commented: “If you run and you get this touch, you fall down.”

The win for Liverpool means they move to ninth with still chances to qualify for the Champions League. Palace have eight points less and seem to be safe for this season, but a few points more in the next couple of games would be more than welcome to avoid any kind of relegation battle.

 

After the match, Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet posted a tweet with pictures of him and goalscorer Christian Benteke celebrating the victory